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Below is a family biography included in Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Bradley County, Arkansas published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1890.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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J. W. Pierce, planter and stock raiser, Warren, Ark. Bradley County is acknowledged by all to be one of the best agricultural regions of the State, and as such its citizens are men of advanced ideas and considerable prominence. A worthy man among this class is found in the person of J. W. Pierce. He was originally from York County, S. C, where his birth occurred on March 26, 1841, and is the son of James T. and Mary B. (Garrison) Pierce, natives also of York County, S. C. There were but two children born to this union: J. W., and Mary (wife of W. T. Barry, of Bradley County, Ark.). The father died in his native county in 1842. J. W. Pierce was reared in York County, and was favored with such educational advantages as the district schools afforded. On April 13, 1861, he enlisted in Company B, Fifth South Carolina Infantry, and served until the surrender at Appomattox. He was wounded in the right arm by sharp shooters near Richmond. After the surrender he returned home and in the fall of 1870, he with his mother came to Arkansas, and located in Bradley County, nine miles south of Warren, where he yet resides. He purchased 300 acres of raw land, began making improvements, and now has 130 acres under cultivation, and has good buildings and all modern improvements. He is one of the substantial farmers of Bradley County, who by his systematic and careful, thorough manner of work has attained to a success justly deserved. He uses fertilizers, and never fails on a crop. Aside from his farming interest he is also considerably interested in the raising of stock. He was married in 1865 to Miss Mary J. Miller, who bore him nine children: Nettie E., James M., Mary J., Julia E. W., Anna B., William H., Maggie J., Freddie and Joseph. Mr. and Mrs. Pierce are members of the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church, and in his political views Mr. Pierce affiliates with the Democratic party. He has been school director for a number of years, and is interested in educational matters. He has a steam cotton-gin and grist mill, with which he does a good business, and he has taken premiums with cotton at nearly all the fairs for several years. He is doing all he can to assist in developing his section.

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This family biography is one of 64 biographies included in Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Bradley County, Arkansas published in 1890.  For the complete description, click here: Bradley County, Arkansas History, Genealogy, and Maps

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